5 year Partnership with Our Watch to help eliminate family and sexual violence

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

5 year Partnership with Our Watch to help eliminate family and sexual violence

23 June 2022

The Tasmanian Liberal Government and Our Watch have a shared commitment to eliminating all forms of family and sexual violence in Tasmania.

We know that elimination will only occur if we ‘stop it at the start’ – by addressing the underlying drivers of violence and providing early interventions for individuals at a higher risk of perpetrating or experiencing violence.

Today, I am delighted to announce a further 5-year partnership (2022-27) between the Tasmanian State Government and Our Watch, continuing the important work that has already been undertaken over the last seven years, and importantly, our national first primary prevention Senior Advisor role will also continue under our renewed partnership.

The Our Watch Senior Advisor has developed strategic and productive relationships with key stakeholders across multiple settings – increasing Tasmania’s primary prevention capacity and laying the foundations for future collaboration in Tasmania across Government, community, sporting and education sectors; as well as connecting organisations that are delivering primary prevention activities to the Our Watch suite of resources.

Of particular note is the body of work undertaken with the local government sector, and the commencement of work with Tasmania’s sporting codes, including Football Tasmania and AFL Tasmania, and we look forward to this work continuing.

Since 2015 Tasmania has had a long and productive relationship with Our Watch, which has helped to shape primary prevention responses to family and sexual violence within the Tasmanian community, and this partnership will be a key feature of our third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.  Our third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan will be launched soon, and is being informed through community-wide consultation, with the voice of victim-survivors at the centre.

Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly, said Tasmania’s leadership on this issue should be applauded.

“Tasmania was the first State to sign up for a dedicated, embedded role partnership with Our Watch, which has now been adopted in the Northern Territory, and which we hope to build on in other States and Territories.

“The work happening in Tasmania helps inform Australia’s national approach, and we know a cohesive and holistic approach is critical for women’s safety and equality. It also means the work the Tasmanian Government is doing is informed by national frameworks, expertise and evidence.

“Our Watch values our partnership with the Tasmanian Government, and we look forward to the next five years strengthening our work together.

“Women deserve to be safe, respected and equal. It’s as simple as that,” Ms Kinnersly said.

Delivering our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Delivering our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

25 May 2022

Eliminating family and sexual violence is a key priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government, which is why the Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 includes $12.5 million for our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.
 
Since the launch of our first, nation-leading Action Plan in 2015, and under our second Action Plan launched in 2019, the Tasmanian Government has taken a whole-of-Government, multi-agency approach to the issue.
 
We have invested over $300 million in responding to family and sexual violence, including $63 million for specific measures under our first and second Action Plans and the $19 million in direct funding and $59 million in indirect funding we spend to address family and sexual violence every year.
 
Our third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan is currently being developed in consultation with the Government’s Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group, key stakeholders, and people with lived experience, and includes:

  • The Hearing Lived Experience Survey;
  • Establishing a Victim-Survivor Advisory Council;
  • Targeted workshops with a focus on diverse lived experience including children and young people, people with disability, CALD communities, rural and regional communities, LGBTIQ+ and older Tasmanians;
  • Partnering with Tasmanian Aboriginal Community organisations; and
  • Public written submissions.

Pleasingly, we have already received 640 responses to our Hearing Lived Experience Survey which is open until February 2023, surpassing the number of surveys we received for our last Action Plan.

Social media interest in the survey has also been fantastic with our social media advertising campaign generating 1,225,180 impressions across Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat, reaching 199,559 unique users.

The $12.5 million in the 22-23 State Budget for the first year of the five year Action Plan represents a 40 per cent increase on the annual investment under our current Action Plan.

One of the key priority actions in the new Action Plan will be a commitment of increased recurrent core funding for Tasmania’s nine specialist family and sexual violence services with five year contracts to provide greater certainty and increased operational capacity to respond to demand.

We want to strengthen service delivery to ensure that Tasmanians who experience family and sexual violence have access to specialist support services that meet their needs and circumstances.

This is why services including Engender Equality, Huon Domestic Violence Service, RAIN, Safe Choices, Yemaya, the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House, the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service, will receive additional core funding, with a total of nearly $75 million to be provided for these services over the next five years.

The Plan also includes new actions to further refine our efforts towards preventing and responding to family and sexual violence, whilst putting the voices of victim-survivors at the centre of our approach.

New actions include $15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres as well as $3.7 million to provide next generation technology and instruments for our scientists to ensure higher quality evidence for court proceedings and increased capacity for storage of evidence, including sexual evidence kits.

This means that victim-survivors can have their forensic samples taken, knowing that their evidence will be kept indefinitely until they feel ready to report to police.

Every Tasmanian has the right to live free from violence, and the Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 will continue our important work of eliminating family and sexual violence.

Budget 2022-23 – Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan – Progress

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Budget 2022-23 – Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan – Progress

25 May 2022

Mr WOOD question to MINISTER for the PREVENTION of FAMILY VIOLENCE, Mrs PETRUSMA.

[11.14 a.m.]

Can you provide an update on the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s progress on the third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan and the upcoming funding in the 2022-23 Budget?

ANSWER

Mr Speaker, I thank the member for his question and for his interest in this very important matter.  Every Tasmanian has the right to live free from violence, which is why eliminating family and sexual violence is a top priority for our Government and indeed this parliament.

First of all, I want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the courage of all victim-survivors of family and sexual violence and to also thank all those in our government and non-government sectors who assist victim-survivors of family and sexual violence in their most vulnerable time of need, and for their continued dedication and efforts towards our goal of a Tasmania that is free from all forms of violence.

This Government takes our role very seriously and this is why, since the launch of our first nation-leading action plan in 2015 and under our second action plan launched in 2019, the Tasmanian Government has taken a whole-of-government multi-agency approach and has invested over $300 million in responding to family and sexual violence, including $63 million for specific measures under our first and second action plans and the $19 million in direct funding and $59 million in indirect funding we spend to address family and sexual violence every year.

Whilst strong progress has been made under both of our action plans, we know that there is still much more work to be done, which is why our third action plan will build on what we know works and we will also include new actions to refine our efforts towards preventing and responding to family and sexual violence, while putting the voices of victim-survivors at the centre of our approach.

The consultation for our next action plan includes the Hearing Lived Experience Survey; establishing a victim-survivor advisory council; targeted workshops with a focus on diverse lived experience, including children and young people, people with a disability, CALD communities, rural and regional communities, LGBTIQ+ and older Tasmanians; partnering with Tasmanian Aboriginal community organisations and public written submissions.

Our aim is to provide as many opportunities as possible to hear the experiences and perspectives of the Tasmanian community and in particular the voices of victim-survivors.  Therefore I am delighted that as at 24 May we have already received 640 responses to our online Hearing Lived Experience Survey and our social media advertising campaign has generated 1 225 180 impressions across Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat and reached 199 559 unique users.

I am also pleased to inform the House that in the upcoming 2022-23 Budget $12.5 million has been allocated for the first year of our new five‑year action plan which will be launched in July, a 40 per cent increase on the annual investment under our second action plan.  One of the key priority actions in our new action plan will be a commitment of increased recurrent core funding for Tasmania’s nine specialist family and sexual violence services with five‑year contracts to provide greater certainty and increased operational capacity to respond to demand over the longer term.

We want to strengthen service delivery to ensure that Tasmanians who experience family and sexual violence have access to specialist services that meet their needs and circumstances.  This is why services including Engender Equality, Huon Domestic Violence Services, Relationship Abuse of an Intimate Nature (RAIN), Safe Choices, Yemaya the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House, the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Family Violence Counselling Support Service will receive this additional core funding with a total of nearly $75 million to be provided for these services over the next five years.  This new funding also meets the community budget submission request in full for Engender Equality, the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House and Yemaya.  To further assist victim-survivors of sexual and family violence, the 2022-23 Budget will also fund $15.1 million over two years to pilot our new multidisciplinary centres in the north and south of the state. 

On top of this, we are also investing $3.7 million in the Budget to provide next-generation technology in instruments for our scientists, resulting in high-quality evidence for court proceedings, as well as increasing the capacity for storage of evidence, including sexual evidence kits.  This means that victim-survivors can have their forensic samples taken, knowing that their evidence will be kept indefinitely until they feel ready to report to police.  This is so important for a victim-survivor who is not ready to report to police at the time of the incident.  Being able to retain these important evidence kits allows the victim-survivor to know their evidentiary material will be kept safe so that they can report to police at a time when they are ready and of their own choosing.

These and other measures in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s 2022-23 Budget will help ensure that we provide a best-practice sexual and family violence response in Tasmania that puts victim-survivors at the heart.